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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Swarovski Bracelet on: July 31, 2007 10:23:35 AM
There are 238 Swarovski crystals in 34 colors in this bracelet! I wanted it to almost wrap all the way around my wrist without the need for a closure, but I guess I should have done the math before I ordered the beads! It definitely wasn't cheap to make, but I like the outcome. I used pliable 12ga (I think) wire to form a rectangle, which I bent to curve to fit my wrist. I used eye pins to thread the beads and then I formed loops at the ends and slid them on. I hope you like it!

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I did it! My first quilt. on: July 22, 2007 10:18:16 AM
I did things my own way for the first time, and I'm very pleased with the outcome. I'm proud of myself because I wanted to make a quilt for a long time, and I finally did it and I love the way it turned out.

The quilt measures 55" by 43"--that's just enough to wrap myself up in. The fabric I used in the squares was bought at garage sales.
I didn't use a pattern. I just cute 6 in squares with a quilt block tool and then cut them diagonally. There is batting in the center, and the back is just white cotton fabric. I had a difficult time with a couple of the corners, but it worked out. The quilt is a bit wrinkly, and it needs an ironing.

Thanks for looking!   Smiley
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Giraffe! on: January 14, 2007 07:18:08 PM
I bought a short-sleeved v-neck tee at Charlotte Russe for, I think, $5, and it was in need of a makeover! I always wanted a giraffe tee, and I got mine for cheap by my own means. This is my second stencil, and it sure is fun! I just Googled a giraffe picture, made it negative, printed it on photo paper (since it's strong), and cut out the negative space. I just used one of those cheap-o sponge brushes and some metallic gold shirt paint I already had. It looked a wee bit boring, so I was brave and added paint splatters. The shirt is hanging to dry in the photos. Maybe he looks a little tipsy?  Cheesy

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I'm undercover...in my bedsheet shirt. on: January 01, 2007 04:28:35 PM
I got this awesome 70s-ish floral bedsheet at the thrift store for $1.50. I turned it into a tank top. All that white at the top is just my bra. (hehe) There are pleats near the top to give it a flowy look.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first oil painting ever on: January 01, 2007 02:30:25 PM
I bought a student oil paint set a year ago, and I just used it for the first time yesterday. Go figure.  Grin Here's what happened:

I had to crop out my wall and my hand. It's still wet, and I can't wait to spiffy up my newly painted white walls with it. That whiteish area is supposed to be a cloud with some light shining through. Enjoy.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / I need wallpaper samples. on: January 01, 2007 02:18:08 PM
For almost two years, I have been looking for wallpaper samples, and I have not had any luck. The Home Depots here got rid of their wallpaper selection, and I was not lucky enough to score the books at that time. The only response I got from Menards is that you can take a book home with $25 down, so I guess you would not have to bring it back.
There were a couple other places that could not help me, but....maybe you can! Smiley  Thank you.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Spiraled Windchine from a Xylophone on: December 01, 2006 12:42:01 PM
Inspired by the first children's xylophone windchime (and my own obsession), I made my own version.
children's xylophone
the inside hoop of an embroidery/cross stitch thing (the one that keeps the fabric nice and tight in the area you're working on)
fishing line
20 crimp beads
Swarovski crystals
wooden bead (for the top to bring the four top strings together where you hang it...It can't be seen in the pictures.)

Sorry, guys, rules prevent me from posting the picture directly because I did not post 10 times in this forum.

I guess that the pictures are pretty self explanitory as far as attaching the bars to the fishing line and stringing a matching crystal over it.
I used crimp beads to attach the fishing line to the hoop. Make sure to get it nice and tight or the chimes will slide around too much and all end up on one side--but don't worry it's easy to secure it tightly.
I then cut four more lengths of fishing line (you can use your judgment) and attached them to the hoop as well with crimp beads.
Then I strung a wooden bead over those four and tied a knot when the weight was evenly balanced.  I pushed the bead a little over the knot, and then I tired a knot at the top of the four strings to make the loop to hang the windchime from.
Enjoy!  Grin

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